A Body in Fukushima: Summer 2016
Photo by William Johnston

A Body in Fukushima: Summer 2016

After the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, the radiation released from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant required the immediate evacuation of all inhabitants from a large area. In January and July 2014, dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and historian/photographer William Johnston followed abandoned train tracks to desolate stations and eerily vacant towns and fields in Fukushima Prefecture. Two years later, in August 2016, they returned to many of the same places and visited others that had only recently become accessible to the public. This video is created from the still photographs Johnston took in 2016 trip.

You can see Johnston's photographs from Fukushima and from other places at his web page.